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Tropicana Lodge, Fresno, CA (motel)
Tiki Shaker
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Joined: Jun 28, 2008
Posts: 706
From: Menifee, CA
Posted: 2009-04-30 7:57 pm   Permalink

Name:Tropicana Lodge
Type:motel
Street:4061 N. Blackstone Ave.
City:Fresno
State:CA
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:operational

Description:
Looks completely different due to remodel, it is now a Days Inn. Images can be seen on p. 27 in the Book of Tiki.



 
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Tiki Shaker
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Posted: 2009-04-30 7:58 pm   Permalink








 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4272
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-05-01 09:13 am   Permalink

Tiki Shaker,

Looks like you hit the jackpot on matchbooks this week!

Here is the lounge at the Tropicana Lodge posted previously by Bigbro.

Quote:

On 2008-03-28 20:31, bigbrotiki wrote:
Oh, and here is my candidate for the coolest red Naugahyde Tiki Bar: The Lounge at the Tropicana Lodge in Fresno. With burning modernist Waterfall. By Armet & Davis.







DC

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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-05-04 6:25 pm   Permalink

Here's a previously unpublished rendering of the Tropicana Lodge:



It's cool, but the place mat is still unbeatable. It's fairly small in the BOT, but I got to blow it up for a two page spread on pages 24/25 of TIKI STYLE




 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-05-04 8:56 pm   Permalink

Thanks Bigbro,

I was hoping you were going to add some of your images from the Tropicana.

Check out this postcard.



DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-07-28 5:02 pm   Permalink

Found this photo showing the Tikis at the Tropicana Lodge and a googie sign for the Tropics Room on ebay. Cool.



DC


 
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abstractiki
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Joined: Aug 29, 2009
Posts: 604
From: Lodi, CA
Posted: 2010-07-29 4:46 pm   Permalink

Great to have a vintage armature pic in here!

Here is a Tropicana ash tray pic I clipped from the web a last year.



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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-01-07 4:30 pm   Permalink

I found a photo listed by El Mistico on flickr that show the two Tikis by the pool at the Days Inn (old Tropicana Lodge) as late as 2005.




Also some Tikis whithering on the parking lot wall.






I wonder if someone rescued the two pool Tikis??

DC


 
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hmdTiki
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Joined: Jul 28, 2011
Posts: 9
Posted: 2011-07-28 1:06 pm   Permalink

Greetings All,
Happy to report that several of the Fresno Tropicana Lodge's unique features are still in existence. The wonderful 8-shaped pool is still there, with the two tikis that once framed the diving board (which is gone). The decorative masks affixed to the rock wall are still there... as is a wonderful midmod clock in the pool area. But the real discovery, one that quite frankly - I did not expect - is that the "burning water fall" still exists... not much of a water fall, these days (I'd say more of a trickle), and no groovy lounge to accompany it, but it's still there.
















 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-07-29 12:09 pm   Permalink

hmd Tiki,

Thanks for posting the photos, glad to see that the Tikis and other elements still remain. Nice first post by the way.

DC


 
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abstractiki
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From: Lodi, CA
Posted: 2011-08-02 05:40 am   Permalink

Mahalo to hmd Tiki for this much needed update. It's great to see that some artifacts still remain.

 
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howlinowl
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Joined: Jul 20, 2008
Posts: 129
From: Port Saint Lucie, FL
Posted: 2011-08-02 05:50 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-07-28 13:06, hmdTiki wrote:
Greetings All,
Happy to report that several of the Fresno Tropicana Lodge's unique features are still in existence. The wonderful 8-shaped pool is still there, with the two tikis that once framed the diving board (which is gone).



Which, no doubt was removed due to fear of litigation if someone happened to injure themselves....damn lawyers. God, nowadays suck.

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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11131
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-08-05 4:23 pm   Permalink

DC and hmdTiki, it's great to see those Tikis still exist - and those stone masks, too!

I did a better scan of that all-time greatest Tiki Moderne rendering...



...to demonstrate that the artist (WHO was he?) incorporated the five stone masks in his piece:



I never got a good shot of these guys, black stone carvings are very hard to photograph, like fern Tiki carvings they suck up the light, you need just the right angle of sun to model their features.

But I have always been fond of them, they have that pre-historic primitive look, like this one I own:



 
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tikidon
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Joined: Oct 06, 2003
Posts: 34
From: portland OR
Posted: 2012-02-21 10:53 pm   Permalink

Found a great Tropicana brochure







 
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